Tina and I haven’t been shy about our love for Naturopathic medicine, and how our own Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) have helped us. What we haven’t written about before is politics as it relates to our food and health. But, we think this is important enough to change that.
This is a snapshot of Chesterman’s Beach in Tofino. This is also a snapshot of the weather that Tina & I, along with our significant others, our brother, and several friends, were lucky enough to enjoy for the first week in October. The occasion: Tina’s 30th birthday.
Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been my favorite meals of the year. Why, you ask? Because of the turkey, of course! My plate was always heaped with meat and stuffing and smothered with gravy. However, when I stopped eating meat I was devastated at the thought of these two holidays being boring meals of, what felt like would be, only vegetables. Determined not to have my meals be a disappointment at holiday time, last year Jackie and I made a vegetarian feast and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!
Whether we’re talking food sensitivities or not, taking time to relax and be inspired is good for all the body’s systems. I recently benefited from the storms, sand, and surf that Tofino, BC has to offer. For me, there’s something incredibly energizing and refreshing about getting all bundled up and watching a stormy ocean from the sandy shore. I always feel like things are put into perspective after a trip to Tofino; like escaping from [Read More]
Being a guest at a dinner party, or other event where food is the focus, should be an enlightening experience. It should be something you look forward to, something you reminisce about afterwards, and something that lifts your spirits. Oh, and you shouldn’t have to cook (this is called foreshadowing – a literary device, hinting about something that will be exposed upon later). For folks with food sensitivities, I can tell you from first-hand experience, this is rarely the case.
So you can’t drink cow’s milk? Don’t fret! There are plenty of options out there to fill the void. I think the toughest part is deciding what your substitute will be. I’d say first and foremost, flavor plays a big role in this decision. Also, you should ask yourself what will you be using this substitute for? Baking? Cereal? Coffee? Or all on it’s own? I’ve found that some are good for all these options whereas others work best as just one solution. By personal research and preference only, here’s my take on four popular cow’s milk substitutions.
Since we’re talking about food sensitivity friendly recipes, I figure there’s probably lots of unique ingredients that you’ve had to invest in. That can be hard if you’re just beginning to switch your eating habits from traditional to alternative. Some can be expensive and hard to find, but hopefully it’s worth the extra effort, I know it is for me. In an effort to help, I wanted to share my list of kitchen essentials with you.
If you have food sensitivities, all is not lost once you’re out of your own kitchen. Here’s some things that both Tina and I have found helpful when we’re having to prepare a meal for work or when we’re needing to be away from home, we hope they help you too!
If you don’t know me personally, you probably don’t know I’m pregnant. In fact…I’m so pregnant I could have this little baby any day now. GULP! My pregnancy has been pretty easy, I actually think I’ve been very lucky. No morning sickness and little weight gain. However, one of the adjustments that I have had to make (and had previously decided I wanted to) has been my diet.
In addition to publishing a Recipe of the Week here at Willowtree, Tina and I have been writing what we call an Experience post each week. These are posts that speak to our first-hand knowledge of living with food sensitivities our whole lives, whether it’s something we’ve learned, or someone we’ve met, or a store/restaurant/market that supports our food sensitivity diet, in hopes that our experiences help you, too. Until now, these Experience posts have usually involved food in a direct way, but I wanted to make today’s post about something that, at least on the surface, has nothing to do with eating, or even cooking, but has helped my sensitivities with food in a huge way: yoga.